He landed at Philadelphia on May 5 and on May 6 was elected as delegate to the Second Continental Co

He landed at Philadelphia on May 5 and on May 6 was elected as delegate to the Second Continental Co

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He landed at Philadelphia on May 5 and on May 6 was elected as delegate to the Second  Continental Congress. The rest of 1775 was spent working endlessly on the numerous committees to  which he was appointed (work which included reviewing Jefferson's draft of the Declaration of  Independence). At the age of 70, he became a fervent revolutionary, proving his ardor by loaning the  new Congress all the money he could personally raise, thereby encouraging others to do the same  and aiding immeasurably the new government's finances. In the autumn of 1776 Congress appointed Franklin one of three commissioners to the court of  France. He quickly sailed to Europe on a warship, the capture of which would have meant his  immediate execution by the British as a traitor. But once in Paris he was lionized, indeed idolized, by  an adoring French public. His enormous personal prestige gave him more power than any other  American could have wielded in negotiations with the French government. And by playing on the 
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This note was uploaded on 11/28/2011 for the course ENG 1320 taught by Professor Bost during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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